Bupa Osteopaths

Bupa Changes - Osteopath Information

What does it mean?

Please help us to SAVE OSTEOPATHY ON BUPA

Introduction

Late this April, Bupa recognised providers received a letter, inviting them to join a new Osteopath & Chiropractors Network. The only way to continue their recognition is to join this network, but the new terms & conditions will fundamentally change the relationship, not only between the insurer & the practitioner but also between the practitioner and their insured patients.

Current Petition Count

Osteopaths signed petition:
1233
Osteopaths opted out of the new Bupa Osteopathy Network:
883
Patients signed petition:
396

Bones of Contention

The main problems with the new terms & conditions relate to

(a) Fees
(b) Extra administration
(c) Loss of professional autonomy

Although the issue of fees seems to be a problem primarily in areas of the country where it is more expensive to practice, the others affect ALL osteopaths, regardless of where they work.

Fees

Under the new network, Bupa are offering many osteopaths lower fees to treat their members than they are paying at present. Nearly half of all UK osteopaths practice in London & the Southeast, where both the cost of living & running a practice are much greater than in other regions of the UK. For this reason, osteopathic fees tend to be higher in these areas than in other areas of the country. It is in these areas that the greatest discrepancy seems to be occurring between what osteopaths are charging & what Bupa is prepared to offer.

Not only that, but patients will not be allowed to “top up” the difference between what an osteopath charges & that covered by Bupa. They are also taking control of if, and when, osteopathic fees will increase & by how much.

Extra administration

Bupa will require a report twice a year from each member of the new network that is, in effect, a written clinical audit of seven different aspects of your practice. Even more time-consuming will be, on demand, providing them with clinical outcome data. This will involve giving assessment questionnaires to every patient and compiling the data – a major research project in itself.

Loss of professional autonomy

Osteopaths will not be allowed to decide for themselves what treatment each patient needs, but agree to follow predetermined treatment protocols – “Bupa published care pathways”. You will also be required to give Bupa access to your patient records.

Although Bupa claim that they do not intend to interfere in clinical decision-making, the GOsC has raised concerns with Bupa about whether complying with these terms & conditions could potentially lead to a breach of the Standards of Practice (OPS). See the “Latest News” page for more information.

The full version of the Terms & Conditions for joining the Bupa network are available from their website here.

and an account of the potential impact of these on your practice can be downloaded from here.

 

What can I do about it?

1. If you are an osteopath please show your support by joining our online petition:

...

2. Encourage the BOA in its efforts to negotiate with Bupa Bupa by participating in their national survey of osteopaths’ opinions about the Bupa Osteopathic Network. It is open to ALL osteopaths that practice in the UK. See the “Latest News” page on how to do this

3. Write to your patients informing them of the situation & encouraging them to complain to Bupa (especially those in corporate schemes).

4. Spread the word. Talk about this issue to colleagues, send the address of this website to them by e-mail, Facebook, Tweet or use the add-this link at the top of the page.

5. Copy all the code in the box below and get your website manager to add it to a html page on your site. This will encourage your patients to visit this site:

6. Submit a comment to the Competition Commission about Bupa’s behaviour & how it is limiting patient choice. See the “Latest News” page on how to do this

7. Consider declining, or resigning from, the new Bupa Osteopathy Network as so many of your colleagues already have. See the “Latest News” about the massive response to “Bupa Resignation Day”

 

Writing to Patients

Bupa is most likely to listen to its policyholders as, after all, they are the ones who pay the premiums. That is why it is essential that we contact all our patients who have Bupa cover. Patients on corporate schemes, which provide a large chunk of Bupa’s income, could get the person who administers the health insurance involved. A few corporate schemes backing us would really make Bupa think again. A draft letter to patients is available to download from here.

A draft letter of complaint that can be adapted by each patient can be downloaded from here.

A poster for your waiting room, that can also be used as a flyer, can be downloaded from here.

 

Declining or Resigning

Whilst it is up to each practitioner to decide for themselves whether to join (or remain in) the new network, many osteopaths feel so strongly about these issues that they believe that it is not in the best interests of their patients to remain as Bupa “recognised providers” .A substantial number of osteopaths resigned en masse on “Bupa Resignation Day” on Friday 13th July 2012, and many more have joined them since. See the “Latest News” page for more information

Should you decide to join them, the most effective way of doing this is in writing to the address below. However, it is important that your letter includes an account of your reasons for resigning.

comment

Dr Natalie-Jane MacDonald
Medical Director
BUPA Health & Wellbeing UK
Willow House
Pinetrees
STAINES
TW18 3DZ

or you can e-mail
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you, in anticipation, for your support of this protest.

757 comments

  • Comment Link Monserrate Sunday, 01 April 2018 21:17 posted by Monserrate

    loans online instant approval
    best fast loans online
    loan cash
    payday personal loan

    Report
  • Comment Link Lillian Sunday, 01 April 2018 21:11 posted by Lillian

    best online loans instant approval
    best online loans instant approval
    payday loans online application
    best fast loans online

    Report
  • Comment Link Ophelia Saturday, 31 March 2018 01:29 posted by Ophelia

    car insurance quotes comparison
    cheap car insurance
    car insurance policy
    car insurance quotes comparison online

    Report
  • Comment Link Elwood Friday, 30 March 2018 03:48 posted by Elwood

    cheap viagra no prescription uk
    generic viagra online without script
    buy generic viagra cheap

    Report
  • Comment Link Alicia Monday, 26 March 2018 17:46 posted by Alicia

    I'm truly enjoying the design аnd layout oof yopur
    website. Ιt's ɑ very easy ߋn the eyes which makes it muсh mоre enjoyable for me to come һere
    and visit moree often. Did yⲟu hire օut a designer tο create your theme?
    Superb woгk!

    Report
  • Comment Link Lillian Thursday, 22 March 2018 02:08 posted by Lillian

    casino online usa
    casino online gambling
    top rated free online casino games
    casino games free online

    Report
  • Comment Link Kami Saturday, 10 March 2018 15:38 posted by Kami

    cheap car insurance companies
    auto insurance program
    cheap auto insurance policy
    cheap car insurance quotes california

    Report
  • Comment Link Ramona Saturday, 10 March 2018 15:01 posted by Ramona

    cheap car insurance quotes
    cheap car insurance
    cheap auto insurance quotes
    cheap auto insurance ratings

    Report
  • Comment Link Francesco Wednesday, 07 March 2018 16:38 posted by Francesco

    Just desire to say your article is as astounding. The clearness for your put
    up is just spectacular and i can suppose you're a professional
    on this subject. Fine together with your permission allow me to seize your feed to stay up to date with approaching post.
    Thanks one million and please continue the enjoyable
    work.

    Report
  • Comment Link Cortney Saturday, 03 March 2018 15:25 posted by Cortney

    best us casinos online
    casino online subtitrat
    casino online subtitrat
    casino games roulette

    Report

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.